This textbook, and the intensive 2-day Workplace Wellness Program built upon it, are designed to meet the needs of staff and managers in addressing the negative effects of workplace stress on their lives. Based on the latest research and best clinical practice, the text provides a 3-part user-friendly program. Section 1 introduces and orients readers to the issue of workplace systemic and traumatic stresses and its effects on their personal and professional lives. Section 2 provides a battery of 17 self-assessment tools formatted for photocopying. These assist readers/program participants to determine: (a) Their current levels of risk for systemic and traumatic workplace stress factors; (b) Their current levels of self care; (c) Their current symptomatic profile.
Section 3 provides effective tools to help readers develop their own personalized wellness plans.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 1: WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
CHAPTER 1: Stress & Work in Corrections
• The Unique Workplace Challenges
• The Complex Stress Model
CHAPTER 2: Workplace Stress, Burnout, & Trauma
• Factor 1: Workplace Systemic Stress
• Factor 2: Workplace Traumatic Stress
• Complex Stress
CHAPTER 3: The Effects of Stress, Burnout & Trauma
• Stress & The Body
• Gender Differences
• Factor 1: Workplace Systemic Stress Effects
• Factor 2: Workplace Traumatic Stress Effects
SECTION 2: WHERE AM I NOW?
CHAPTER 4: How At Risk Am I?
• Job Stress and Burnout Risk Assessment
• Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Risk
• Primary Traumatic Stress Risk Assessment
• Secondary Traumatic Stress (Vicarious
Trauma) Risk Assessment
CHAPTER 5: How Well Am I Taking Care of Myself?
• Assessment: Self-Care in the Workplace
• Assessment: Self-Care in Personal Life
CHAPTER 6: How Is The Work Affecting Me?
• Core Stress Effects
• Specific Stress Effects
SECTION 3: THE ROAD BACK TO WELLNESS
CHAPTER 7: A Personal Blueprint to Wellness
• Constructing Your Wellness Plan
• Obstacles to Proceeding
CHAPTER 8: Managing The Clinical Stress Effects
• Managing Physical Stress
• Managing Depression
• Managing Anxiety
• Managing Substance Abuse
CHAPTER 9: This is Your Life - How to care For It
• Emotional Self-Literacy
• The Power of Your Thinking
• Behaviors: What we Do
• Your Interpersonal Life
• Your Existential/Spiritual Life
CHAPTER 10: Putting It All Together & Staying Well
• Creating A Sustainable Lifestyle
• Institutional Responses to Complex Stress
About the Author:
Dr. Patricia Fisher, R.Psych., L.Psych. is a clinical psychologist and the president and founder of Fisher & Associates Solutions. As a long time trauma specialist, over the past 15 years she has focused her attention on the impact and mechanisms of workplace stress in trauma-informed workplaces. She has been active as a clinician, researcher, and consultant, with applications in program design, curriculum development, organizational planning, and policy development. She has authored 6 texts and numbers of research papers on the subject of trauma-informed occupations, and is a frequent presenter at international conferences and professional meetings. Dr. Fisher's work has focused on the needs of organizations and personnel in high risk areas such as health care, human and social services, law enforcement, corrections, emergency services, and the military. Her assessment protocols, training programs, and consultation services are all firmly grounded in contemporary research and best practices. Dr. Fisher is one of the leaders in Organizational Health and Workplace Wellness in trauma-informed environments in Canada, and has provided assessment and consultation to many organizations from the high stress and trauma sectors across Canada and internationally. Since 2000, she and her associates have given many hundreds of training workshops to staff and managers in high stress and trauma sectors in Canada and abroad.